KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 14 (Bernama) — Datuk Razali Ismail, the late MP of Kuala Terengganu, would have been appointed the director-general of education if he had not entered politics, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shared the same sentiment because of the high regard for Razali’s expertise in the field of education.
Razali had served as Terengganu education director and director of the ministry’s Teacher Training Division. He was deputy education minister when he died on Nov 28.
“I can speak openly here. If the late Razali had not entered politics, the government would have most likely appointed him as the director-general of education in recognition of his expertise in the field (of education),” he said at a reception and get-together with family members and supporters of Razali in Taman Chendering Utama, here.
Najib said Razali displayed a praiseworthy character as a leader in both politics and the field of education.
He said that as a deputy minister of education, Razali had a passion for education and worked hard regardless of the long hours, including making numerous visits to schools located deep in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak.
“Clearly, the late Razali did not tire in discharging his duty. He gave importance to his contribution to further promote education in the country,” he said.
Najib said it would be good to appreciate Razali’s deeds by carrying on with his struggle and thinking, and implementing proposals that he might not have had a chance to see through.
He said Razali’s struggle would only become a reality if the people in Terengganu decide on a vehicle for it as did Razali, which was championing the cause of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN).
“In our effort to ensure continuity of the struggle, I ask the family members and supporters of Razali to give their undivided support to the BN come (polling day on) Jan 17,” he said.
Razali died while playing badminton at the Aminuddin Baki Institute in Genting Highlands on Nov 28, necessitating the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election on Saturday.
The by-election is a three-cornered contest involving former deputy home minister Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh of the BN, Wakaf Mempelam state assemblyman Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut of PAS and independent candidate Azharudin Mamat alias Adam..
Source : Bernama